A THUG who forced his way into a home and stabbed a victim after an altercation in a pub has been jailed.

Ashley Hazelwood, of Elizabeth Way, Halstead, admitted counts of aggravated burglary with intent and common assault.

The 35-year-old had been in a confrontation with his victim in a pub in Halstead on August 5 last year where he made verbal threats and attempted to punch the victim. 

Further threats were made via text message and phone call.

Police say they later received a call shortly before 6pm on August 12 from the victim, reporting Hazelwood had attended his home and stabbed him in the hand. 

It was reported Hazelwood shouted abuse while launching the attack. 

The victim managed to force the attacker out of the property before shutting the door, sustaining a cut to his hand which did not require further hospital treatment. 

Officers arrested Hazelwood the following day at an address in Halstead, finding him trying to hide in the loft of the property. 

When searched, he was found to be carrying a screwdriver.

The victim was later able to identify Hazelwood and give an account to our officers. 

Appearing at Chelmsford Crown Court last Monday, April 17, he was sentenced to six years and nine months imprisonment.

Halstead Gazette: Thug - Ashley Hazelwood, 35, has been jailed for more than six yearsThug - Ashley Hazelwood, 35, has been jailed for more than six years (Image: Essex Police)

Detective Inspector Jamie Stirland: “This outcome marks the conclusion of the latest in a string of lengthy and thorough investigations carried out by Braintree CID.

“This was a terrifying incident for the victim, who was forced to fend off an attack on his own doorstep. 

“It is entirely down to luck his injuries were not more severe. 

“We work tirelessly to bring violent offenders and those who would disrupt the lives of law-abiding members of the community to justice.

“Just last month, 25-year-old Jay Maxwell was jailed for two years and eight months after carrying out a series of burglaries in Felstead, Ongar and Great Bardfield.

“In the face of DNA, witness and mobile phone cell site evidence, he admitted all five charges against him.

“We will deal robustly with all those found to have carried out burglaries, crimes which often have an impact reaching far past the loss of personal property, leaving victims feeling violated and helpless.”